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The objective of this project was to build a prototype solar thermal power plant using a fixed hemispherical mirror and a tracking gas turbine. A target price of $0.10/kWh was set for solar electricity produced from this technology.

A number of main conclusions can be drawn from this project:

- The project has demonstrated that a gas-turbine can be successfully integrated into a solar volumetric receiver. This is the first time that such a system had worked.
- The project has demonstrated that the fixed mirror concept works up to the 35 kW scale, although this arrangement is not commercially viable due to (a) low mirror utilisation and (b) the construction costs of the mirror.
- The project has demonstrated that a second generation fixed mirror concentrator, based on a flat fresnel mirror and a gas-turbine volumetric receiver has the potential to achieve the project targets of solar electricity at $0.10/kWh.

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